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Denielle's DIY Passport Invites - Blue/Mexico/Royal Playa del Carmen

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Hi ladies!

 

I've been meaning to post this for months but haven't had a chance until now. I wanted to "pay it forward" since I've gained so much from this forum and never would've been able to do my own Passport invites without information others posted. I definitely did not think I'd be able to do them, but my fiance and I did and they were a HUGE hit!

 

I'll post some pictures, then the template, then a cost breakdown.

 

We spent close to 10 hours making them and a total cost of $396.77

 

Here are some pictures:

 

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I based my template off of this invitation from ktchi: http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/t/52928/boarding-pass-std-and-passport-invite-diy

 

A couple of things. I changed the seahorse to one of our monograms from AyleeBits. Also, instead of the map page, I re-arranged it to include information on our wedding day activities, resort facts, and our at home reception.

 

For our RSVP card, I used postcards from Vistaprint.

 

Attached please find the template I used.

 

 

 

 

 

Passport_Invites_Template.ppt

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Price Breakdown for 110 invitations:

 

Purple Cows 2-in-1 Combo Trimmer - Regularly $69.99, paid $37.44 w/ tax w/ a 50% off coupon at AC Moore                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, Round Corners, 1/4" & 1/2" - Regularly $29.99, paid $16.63 w/ tax w/ a 50% off coupon at AC Moore                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nicole PPR 9981 Paper Creaser Set - $6.41 w/ tax at AC Moore                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 Monograms from ayleebits.com - $5                                                                                                                                                                 250 RSVP Postcards from Vistaprint ($6.17 plus $3.54 shipping) - $9.71                                                                                                                                                                 140 Return Address Labels from Vistaprint ($.82 plus $3.54 for shipping) - $4.36                                                                                                                                                                 120 Envelope Seals from Vistaprint ($5.14 plus $3.54 for shipping) - $8.68                                                                                                                                                                 Printing from Kinko's (passport covers) - $36                                                                                                                                                                 Stapler from Walmart - $13.44 Staples from Walmart - $2.96                                                                                                                                                                 15 Rolls of Blue Ribbon from Michael's - $29.13                                                                                                                                                                 Wrinkle Free Glue from Michael's - $3.29                                                                                                                                                                 Paper & More - Pearl 80# Metallic Text Paper - $39.98 Paper & More - Blue Vista Metallic Cardstock 105# - $34.98                                                                                          Paper and More - A-2 Dark Blue Metallic 4 3/8 x 5 3/4 - $36.96                                                                                                                                                                 RSVP Stamps (.29 per) - $34.80                                                                                                                                                                 Invitation Stamps (.64 per) - $77.00   TOTAL - $396.77

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Some helpful tips:

 

For whatever reason, the lines on the front/back of pages don't match up. The instructions on the template said to erase those lines, but of course, I didn't listen. It made cutting and matching up the lines "interesting", lol. Make sure you delete the lines.

 

Every printer we tried would not print on the cardstock for the covers without jamming the printer. We learned the hard way to just go to Kinko's. Even there, the girl had to print them 1 at a time.

 

We glued the inside cover to the cardstock cover with wrinkle free glue, this worked well.

 

We would print each page at a time, then cut them all. Once everything was printed out, I'd assemble the books, do the corner punches and then fold the pages all together (so they all matched perfectly and the crease was nice. I would then fold the cardstock cover and staple.

 

For the Vistaprint RSVP cards, use the editor option to change the text and move it around.

 

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Also, we made envelope seals from the monogram that is also on the front of our passport cover. We used return address labels from Vistaprint, and then created Address Labels using MS Word and white labels at home.

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Looks great!  I'm getting motivated to begin working on our passport invites...I did Boarding Pass STDs and am trying to get geared up for the next round of printing, cutting, and folding!!  It's tiring, but I think it's worth it! 

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